December 12, 2009 / 12:22 AM / 11 years ago

TEXT: Tiger Woods's full statement

MIAMI (Reuters) - Tiger Woods said on Friday he would take an “indefinite break” from professional golf, acknowledging the disappointment and hurt his “infidelity” had caused his family.

“I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I’ve done, but I want to do my best to try,” the world’s No. 1 golfer said in a statement posted on his website.

“After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person,” he added.

Woods has been engulfed by a storm of media attention since being involved in a minor car accident outside his Florida home before dawn on November 27 in which he suffered facial cuts and bruises.

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